Honors Student Recognition
Harry S. Truman Foundation Scholarship
2013 Sean Motl
Motl is one of only 62 Truman Scholars and one of only three in Texas chosen from a pool of 629 students in the U.S. to receive this award. He will receive a $30,000 scholarship to fund his graduate education in public service. The Truman Foundation seeks out student leaders who will become “change agents” in public service sectors.
Thomas R. Pickering Undergraduate Foreign Affairs Fellowship
2014 Holly Miles
Miles has received a 2014 Thomas R. Pickering Undergraduate Foreign Affairs Fellowship, which will provide up to $40,000 per year for graduate studies, as well as summer internship opportunities and a guaranteed appointment as a Foreign Service Officer upon completion of her master’s degree.
Fulbright Summer Institute for Young American Student Leaders
2013 Duncan Knox
Knox is one of just nine students from throughout the U.S. chosen for this four-week institute, themed “Slavery and the Atlantic Heritage.” He will study at Bristol University in the United Kingdom.
Venture for America Fellowship
2017 Christian Garcia
The fellowship gives students the opportunity to participate in a five-week training course this summer that will prepare them for the two-year business program they will be part of. The focus of the program is to have participants work with a startup company, and through this process, develop their own business plan for future business pursuits.
Eban Tisdale Public Policy Fellowship
2014 Maxwell Kennady
Kennady has been selected as one of six 2014 Tisdale Fellows nationally by the Fund for American Studies.
The Eben Tisdale Public Policy Fellowship provides students with a distinctive opportunity to explore public policy affairs of critical importance in the technology sector of the economy.
Gilder Lehrman History Scholar Award
2014 Joshua Logsdon
Logsdon is one of 15 students nationwide to win the Gilder Lehrman History Scholar Award which is sponsored by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History. The award recognizes outstanding graduating college seniors who have demonstrated academic excellence, dedication to the study of American history, and a commitment to public service and community involvement.
New York University Writers in Florence Program
2014 Jenni deBie
deBie traveled to Florence, Italy as one of a select group of U.S. undergraduate students to participate in the New York University Writers in Florence program.
An English major from Texarkana, deBie studied poetry and created her own work under the mentorship of award-winning poets Dorothea Lasky, assistant professor of poetry at Columbia University’s School of the Arts, and Eileen Myles, professor emeritus of writing and literature at the University of California-San Diego.
Pearson Student Advisory Board
2013–2014 Maxwell Kennady
Kennady has been selected to serve on the Pearson board for one year and will begin his tenure at the Pearson Student Leadership Summit in Boston. He is one of only 12 U.S. student leaders chosen.
National Collegiate Honors Council
2018 Parker Adamson, Third Place
Natural Sciences, “Effects of Multiple Cycles of Microwave-Irradiation on Multi-Walled Carbon Nanotube”
2019 Luke Meyer, Second Place
Education, “Ready to Engage: Helping Prepare Students for Academic Freedom”
2017 Emily Vidal, Third Place
Natural Sciences, “Comparative Analysis of Linear and Nonlinear Dimension Reduction Techniques on Mass Cytometry Data
2011 Yolanda Elias, First Place
Business and Computer Science Section, “The Effect of Color Space on Wavelet Image Compression”
National Board Student Representative
2017-2019 Parker Adamson
Dennis Boe Award
This award honors the late Dr. Dennis Boe, Director of Honors at East Central Oklahoma State University. The Great Plains Honors Council sponsors the Dennis Boe Award to showcase and reward outstanding scholarly work by the honors programs students of its member institutions. Each year, 3 students are chosen from a competitive field of papers nominated by honors directors at member institutions.
2019 Evelyn Burch: “Projecting Power: China and the US Struggle for Power in the Era of Xi and Trump”
2018 Gabriella “Boo” Wright: “Evolution of the Keystone Species Concept and its Usefulness”
2017 Evelyn Burch: “Evaluating the Success of NAFTA as an Instrument of Foreign Policy”
2017 Christian Garcia: “The Effect of Presidential Signaling on Stock Market Prices”
2014 Sean Motl: “Memorials Without Memories”
2013 Cassady Hossenlopp: “Detection and Identification of the Dengue Virus that Tested Positive by ELISA but Negative with Conventional RT-PCR”
Great Plains Honors Council Poster Competition
2018 Emily Krause: “The Death of Chiron: Finding Peace in Assisted Suicide”
2017 Julia McDaniel: “Portrayal of Domestic Violence in Theatrical Performance”
2017 Emily Vidal: “Comparative Analysis of Linear and Nonlinear Dimension Reduction Techniques on Mass Cytometry Data
The annual Director’s Award honors the student who best represents the values of Honors Program education and has excelled in academic, research, service, and social elements of the program.
- 2019- Parker Adamson and Allee Nix
- 2018- Evelyn Burch
- 2017 - Brenna Hudson
- 2016 - Maigan Dunlap
- 2015 - Emily Perez
- 2014 - Aimee Denham and Duncan Knox
- 2013 - Sean Motl
- 2012 - Cassady Hossenlopp
- 2011 - Wills Register
- 2010 - Yolanda Fay Elias
- 2009 - Kaci Pruser
- 2008 - Jared Bird
- 2007 - Matthew Jackson
- 2006 - Lori Loomis
ASU Presidential Award Recipients
- 2018-2019 Evelyn Burch
- 2017-2018 Brenna Hudson
- 2016-2017 Christian Garcia
- 2015-2016 Katie MacLeay
- 2014-2015 Aimee Denham
- 2013-2014 Sean Motl
- 2012–2013 Blake McCracken
- 2011–2012 Yolanda Elias
- 2010–2011 Amanda Hill
- 2008–2009 Jason Strickland
- 2006–2007 Kristen Truett
ASU Distinguished Student Award Recipients
Angele Chen, College of Science and Engineering
Talon Shoemake, College of Arts and Humanities
Courtney Shields, Archer College of Health and Human Services
Jessica Thorp, College of Arts and Humanities
Tristan Fielder, College of Science and Engineering
Brandi Washington, Archer College of Health and Human Services
Duncan Knox, College of Arts and Sciences
Tara Warren, College of Education
Adrienna Bingham, College of Arts and Sciences
Maxwell Kennady, College of Business
Aeriel Elliot, College of Health and Human Services
Anna Hall, College of Liberal and Fine Arts
Wills Register, College of Sciences
Joshua Tindell, College of Liberal and Fine Arts
Christopher Stegall, College of Business
Matthew Jackson, College of Sciences
Lori Loomis, College of Sciences
Calinda Shely, College of Liberal and Fine Arts
Mentors serve a vital role in Honors Program recruitment and retention efforts. Mentors assist first-year students in successfully transitioning from high school into both the ASU and the Honors Program community and provide a social support system for those students. Successful mentorship translates into a cohesive Honors Program identity, creates a culture of commitment and integrity, and allows students to develop meaningful relationships with their peers. Mentors represent the program at various university and community events, assist with recruiting efforts, and foster an honors learning community.
Cassandra Schultz is a 20 year old junior English major from Seminole, TX. She has a mischievous cat named Tommy and her favorite food is Mennonite pierogis. Cassandra’s favorite thing about Honors is all the opportunities to go to conferences and talk about things she’s passionate about with others who share similar interests. When asked her favorite book she answered, “This is a cruel question, but I’d have to stick with the classic Harry Potter series” and one interesting fact about her is that she was born in Mexico and still holds Mexican citizenship!
Madasen Briggs is a 21 year old senior psychology major from Merkel, TX. In her free time, she usually catches up on Handmaid’s Tale or watches pointless YouTube videos. Her favorite foods are either sushi or Italian, depending on her mood. Her favorite book is What We Talk About When We Talk About Love by Raymond Carver and her favorite movie is About Time. If she could travel anywhere, Madasen would go to Austria because it’s a nice blend of culture and scenery. One fun fact about Madasen is that EVERY time she watches Coco she cries.
Christine Foley is a 20 year old junior management information systems major from Coppell, Texas. She has a dog named Ginger and makes REALLY good coffee. She spends her free time reading, painting, and keeping up with her friends. Her favorite thing about Honors is the community and the friendships she’s made. Christine collects quarters from different states and knows how to juggle. If she could have dinner with any three people, living or dead, she would choose St. Mary Magdalene, John F. Kennedy, and John Lennon.
Grace Kerestly is a 20 year old junior psychology major who grew up in Grand Rapids, Michigan but has lived in Abilene for the last few years. Her favorite book is The Perks of being a Wallflower and loved the movie Juno. If she could travel anywhere in the world, Grace would go to New Zealand to sightsee. Grace spends her free time doing homework and hanging out with friends. She has over thirty plants and a miniature pincher named Phoebe.
Christi Hamilton is a 20 year old junior exercise science major from Carrolton, Texas. She enjoys watching reality TV shows, reading a good book, or spending time with her family and friends. If she was given $1000, she would take her family on a trip to Hawaii. Christi also really enjoys musical theater and recently took a trip to Chicago to see Hamilton! Her favorite thing about the Honors Program is the “sense of community between all of the Honors students, and I love the amount of opportunities that are available to Honors students, like community service or summer internships!!”
Connor Blake is a 19 year old sophomore accounting major from Kerrville, TX. He spends his free time playing Ultimate Frisbee and board games, watching movies, and doing puzzles. He has two dogs- Tanner and Minnie. If Connor could eat dinner with any three people, living or dead, he would choose “Nicolas Cage because I unironically like his movies, Keanu Reeves because he is the nicest person ever, and Bob Ross because he was very inspirational to me.” Connors favorite book is Fahrenheit 451, his favorite movie is Baby Driver, and his favorite food is tacos!